Posts Tagged ‘Colis P Huntington Railroad Historical Society’

New River Train May Run This Year Afterall

May 25, 2019

A U.S. senator from West Virginia said this week that the New River Train will operate this October after all.

Senator Joe Manchin tweeted this week that he has been working to Amtrak to keep the famed excursion train operating and said he’ll have more details soon.

The train, which operates between Huntington and Hinton, West Virginia, is sponsored by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society.

The group said last February it was ending the excursion’s 52-year run due to high costs and financial losses that it attributed in part to increased fees imposed by Amtrak.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Manchin’s office would not elaborate on the tweet other than to say more information would be released next week.

Braddock Inn on the Cardinal

October 18, 2016


One of the special treats of photographing Amtrak trains is that on occasion there will be a private car on the rear. Such was the case with the westbound Cardinal departing Charlottesville, Virginia, with car Braddock Inn.

The former Pennsylvania Railroad car is owned by the The West Virginia-based Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society and was built in 1949 as a roomette-sleeper. It was assigned to the Indianapolis Limited through the 1950s.

The Pennsy subsequently rebuilt the car into a 64-seat coach that it named Peter Schhoenberger. In 1963, the car was painted into a silver stainless steel livery and renumbered 1509.

The car would later run in commuter service for Penn Central, New Jersey Transit and Maryland Area Regional Commuter service. MARC restored the car in 1964 to first class service, operating it as a café-parlor car on commuter runs between Washington and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Huntington Society purchased the car in 2004 for use on its annual New River Train excursions and other trips on Amtrak trains.

It is shown in July 2012 crossing the Norfolk Southern mainline between Washington and Atlanta.